[Ironpython-users] question

Markus Schaber m.schaber at codesys.com
Fri Aug 7 08:40:33 CEST 2015

Hi, Gandia Augusto,

in contrast to cPython 2.7, IronPython does not have byte-strings. This is due to .NET - strings in .NET are always unicode, they're the same type there. And to convert an Unicode string to a byte array, you will always need an encoding.

The situation wr/t strings is much more similar to cPython 3.x, where str is always unicode.
Whether this concrete occurrence can be considered a bug in IronPython (it should be able to cope with it), I don't know.

On the other hand, a simple reproduction fails on my machine:
IronPython 2.7.5 ( on .NET 4.0.30319.42000 (32-bit)
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>>> bytearray
<type 'bytearray'>
>>> bytearray('hallo')
>>> bytearray('halloäöü')

So there must be something more (which IronPython version are you using?)

However, you should be able to work around the problem by specifying an encoding:
>>> bytearray('halloäöü', "latin-1")
>>> bytearray('halloäöü', "utf-8")

So your code could look something like
        if type(signalValue) is bytearray:
            sigV = (ct.c_ubyte*len(signalValue))(*signalValue)
        if type(signalValue) is unicode:
            signalValue=bytearray(signalValue, 'ascii') # use whatever encoding is appropriate
            sigV = (ct.c_ubyte*len(signalValue))(*signalValue)
        if type(signalValue) is str:
            sigV = (ct.c_ubyte*len(signalValue))(*signalValue)

Just make sure that you check for unicode before you check for str, as on Ironpython:
>>> unicode is str

Best regards

Markus Schaber

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Von: Ironpython-users [mailto:ironpython-users-bounces+m.schaber=codesys.com at python.org] Im Auftrag von Gandia Augusto
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 30. Juli 2015 09:51
An: ironpython-users at python.org
Betreff: [Ironpython-users] question

In this function:

def simxWriteStringStream(clientID, signalName, signalValue, operationMode):
    Please have a look at the function description/documentation in the V-REP user manual

    if sys.version_info[0] == 3:
        if type(signalName) is str:
        if type(signalValue) is bytearray:
            sigV  = (ct.c_ubyte*len(signalValue))(*signalValue)
        if type(signalValue) is str:
            sigV  = (ct.c_ubyte*len(signalValue))(*signalValue)
        if type(signalValue) is bytearray:
            sigV = (ct.c_ubyte*len(signalValue))(*signalValue)
        if type(signalValue) is str:
            signalValue=bytearray(signalValue)#<=============================================================HERE IS WHERE I GET THE ERROR
            sigV = (ct.c_ubyte*len(signalValue))(*signalValue)
    sigV=ct.cast(sigV,ct.POINTER(ct.c_ubyte)) # IronPython needs this
    return c_WriteStringStream(clientID, signalName, sigV, len(signalValue), operationMode)

The error I get is :

Program started
Connected to remote API server
Runtime error (TypeErrorException): unicode argument without an encoding
  line 1052, in simxWriteStringStream, "C:\Program Files (x86)\V-REP3\V-REP_PRO_EDU\programming\remoteApiBindings\python\python\vrep.py"
  line 70, in script

Any idea of what this could be?
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